To the editor,
Pride-of-place, leaders’ table, blah, blah, blah.
We have more homeless people, more shuttered buildings, way more unemployed people, businesses on – or already over – the brink, longer lineups at the food bank, a decimated tourism/travel industry, hardly any place to visit or socialize, and on and on. We need positive, viable actions now. (How about starting with a zero-per cent tax increase?)
What we don’t need are more words like community-building, reputation-strengthening, resilience, positive dialogue, engagement, and, my favourite, ‘keep up momentum.’ If those on city council took a look outside their rose-coloured windows, they’d see that we already have momentum – downward. Surely they don’t mean we should keep that up?
Oh, and we already have a leader’s table that will determine a priority list of capital infrastructure. It’s also known as Nanaimo city council.
It’s time to forgo the rhetoric and get on with decisions you were elected to make. You’d certainly have my ‘engagement.’
Kenn Hample, Nanaimo
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